ABERDEEN, S.D. – The largest parade in South Dakota – and the biggest annual celebration for Northern State University – is just more than two weeks away.
The 97th annual Northern State University Gypsy Day Parade is Saturday, Oct. 6, with a 9 a.m. start time.
If you’re planning to enter, now is the time – registration ends Friday, Sept. 21. To register, go online to www.northern.edu
and click on the “About,” “Student Activities” and “Gypsy Days (home)” links.
Theme & Prizes
This year’s theme is Gypsies on Safari. A panel of five judges comprised of Northern and local community leaders will present awards in the following categories:
• Best Overall Float
• President’s Award: Best Northern State University Entry
• Mayor’s Award: Best Aberdeen Area Community Entry
• Chamber Award: Best Aberdeen Area Business Entry
• Northern Pride Award: Best Representation of Theme
• Northern Spirit Award: Best Group Participation & Spirit
• Thunder’s Award: Best Unit featuring Live Animals
• Gypsy Award: Best Unit featuring Vehicle(s)
This year’s judges are Todd Forkel, Avera St. Luke’s president and CEO; Yvonne Freese, NSU student; Dr. Andrea Hathcote, NSU assistant professor of education; Jennifer Slaight-Hansen, Aberdeen city councilor; and Julie Stevenson, Sanford Medical Center marketing and public relations manager.
Parade lineup is based on the order in which online registrations are received. Only those individuals or groups who meet the online deadline will receive a block and space assignment. Confirmation letters will be mailed with lineup information about one week prior to the parade.
Individuals or groups who register after Sept. 21 will be directed to assemble on Main Street north of 15th Avenue. Late registrations must be made in person at the NSU Office of Student Activities located in the NSU Student Center.
Photo: Pictured are Gypsy Days committee members and parade judges. Front (left to right): Marissa Nelson, Jessica Nordquist, Jatelyn Meyer. Middle: Bart Carithers, Jennifer Slaight-Hansen (judge), Dr. Andrea Hathcote (judge), Julie Stevenson (judge), Ashley Shultz. Back: Laura Hodson, Jenny Andera, Ben Buckingham, Kelsey Rozell. Not pictured: Todd Forkel (judge), Yvonne Freese (judge) and Curry Kuehl.